How to Avoid Grizzly Bears

While seeing a bear is a memorable experience, your safety and the survival of bears depends on you keeping your distance. Before you enter bear country, take time to learn about bears and how best to avoid them.

Before you go: Check with the local forest, park, or game and fish department office to get the most recent report on bear activity in the area. Be sure you know about any special food storage regulations.

Pack smart: Avoid bringing odorous foods, like bacon or tuna, or scented toiletries. Dry, sealed foods are lighter and less aromatic. Bring 100 feet of rope, storage bags, and carabiners for hanging food.

Use bear-resistant containers: A good method for storing food and other odorous items that attract bears, these containers can be purchased or rented from outdoor shops. Coolers, backpacks, wooden boxes, and tents are NOT bear resistant!

Websites with Grizzly Bear Safety Tips

There is a lot of valuable information on the internet about how to live peacefully with bears and be safe in bear country. While we do not officially maintain or endorse any of these websites, we have noted the addresses below for your information on ways of living safely with bears.

The websites listed above are only a sampling of available information on the internet. We urge you to further explore and educate yourself about grizzly bears and bear encounters.

Board of Review Recommendations Resulting from Human Fatalities

The following BOR reviews are listed in chronological order, starting with the most recent. For more information about BOR investigations, visit the USFWS Grizzly Bear Conservation page.

Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem

Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem